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  1. Hi, Two questions, please: - can I do a saggar in my regular electric kiln? I’m in a bind and can’t get it done at the studios I usually go to. AND - has anyone tried the “top hat” electeic raku kilns? I’m looking to buy my own so I don’t have to depend on anyone else, cause that always screws me up. I already have a Skutt kiln and the electric is in place already. Thanks much, nancy
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    Lots of questions about soda firing!!!

    Thank you, Callie!! I like the oranges, which I assume are the "toastier" side, and I like the more rough or pitted look, so I assume that is the stoneware for me!! Thanks!
  3. Hi all, I came across the work of Gail Nichols and other potters like Tom Coleman and fell in love! I love the oranges, and the different color combos. I know a few things I have been able to pick up - that Gail’s technique is tough on kilns and not done too frequently, and that flashing slips are used in some soda firings, but before I buy Gail’s book, I think I need to understand soda firing better. I searched here and came up with a bit, but not much, so are there any good resources for beginners to learn? Basic questions: to get the variety of colors and kind of cratered surface like Gail and Coleman get, are different slips put on, or does the fire and soda do that? So e potters have dark spots or geometric shapes on the surface - are they painted on with glazes? I understand you can use glazes with soda firings - are they the same as cone 10 reduction glazes? And one last question - what is this big metal thing these people use to build a soda kiln? (Caution for office dwellers - loud music on this video.) thank you for any help for an inttigued beginner! nancy
  4. I had cracked handles of the time with B mix. I switched to other stoneware clays and haven't had any issues, knock wood. Maybe your clay is tempermental? I attach handles when the mug is pretty Wet. I trim kind of wet, too, but even when the piece is drier and I’m using wetter handles, they havent cracked. I don’t use magic water or slip. I just really scratch the heck out of the clay and then put water on it. I really press the two pieces together! Is easy, no fuss and works. Good luck!
  5. I took a workshop with Steven Hill and single firing worked great with his glazes, but when I tried to do it with commercial glazes, everything came out with pinholes, or “lumpy,” just horrible. Ugh. I followed his schedule, so maybe a different schedule may have worked. nancy
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    Lots of questions about soda firing!!!

    Thank You for all that advice! I can see I have a lot to learn before attempting building anything! nancy
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    Lots of questions about soda firing!!!

    Thank you for that advice. I’m going to a soda fire next month! I’m very excited! Is there a particular clay 10 clay type I should get for soda fire? nancy
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    Lots of questions about soda firing!!!

    Thank you for all of this information! I have a lot to learn and read about! Exciting technique! I can't wait to learn!
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    Lots of questions about soda firing!!!

    Thanks, Neil. I’m not building anything now, and I found someone who,does soda firings and I’m going to go participate? If I love it, I do have room to build one - i didnt realize how expensive it would be!
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    Lots of questions about soda firing!!!

    Yes, I guess it is wood! Thank you! I’ll check out the book.
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    Why make functional ware?

    The reason I make things to use and buy other potters’ work is that they bring beauty and some soul into everyday life. The world can be an ugly, tough place, and we need all the beauty we can get. Some people like my mother dont understand this at all and never will. She isn't who I make things for. nancy
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    are there any green food safe glazes

    Marcia, that is gorgeous!!
  13. I am now retired and started my second career, counseling, but I was in an unsafe buidling without enough staff and I quit. I am now with some time on my hands. I would love some advice as how to push further and get better. I have been looking into those places where I can do a 8 to 12 week workshop. I think I need the consistency. I’ve been at this 8 years, I have my own wheel and kiln, and honestly - I still can’t center consistently. I can’t make big bowls or plates. I make urns, lots of them,so I’ve gotten good at cylinders. I love carving and glazing a lot more than throwing! Is a long term workshop worthwhile to learn? Otherwise, I sit at home on my wheel and make the same mistakes over and over. Making 50 mugs in a day sounds great, but when you make the same mistakes iver and over, it sounds like a waste of my life. I can take classes, but once a week doesnt sink into my bad-habits brain. I aould appreciate your thoughts.
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    How To Improve?

    Hi, Thanks for sharing your struggles! I have paid for coaching. I have paid for group lessons, and private lessons, but at a certain weight of clay, it always falls apart. And sometimes falls apart at a lesser weight of clay. I have been throwing regularly, and that seems to help. Nanc
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    How To Improve?

    Thanks! I find that too. If I have the wheel too fast, the clay just knocks me around.
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    How To Improve?

    Thank you Pres, for sharing your experience and wisdom. I have been throwing the last few days, and already see improvements!! I'm going to keep doing it for the next few weeks. Will update! Nancy
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    How To Improve?

    I see what you are saying. I will try this whenI get home tomorrow. Thank you! nancy.
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    How To Improve?

    Thank you! I will give this a run!
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    are there any green food safe glazes

    I didnt do the math for 1260C, but I have never heard of green glazes being not food safe. I fire to cone 5/6 and have regularly used green glazes. One combo is cerulean on the bottom layer and celadon froth on top - but it’s runny. Some other choices are Amaco Potter’s Choice and Celadons. A nice combo is Rainforest down with Textured Turquoise above and Rainforest down with Oatmeal above. There is a group on Facebook called Amaco cone 5/6 where people share their combinations and tests. They are very nice and generous. Good luck! nancy
  20. Oh, thanks. I always thought that when we fired in the raku kiln with the propane in class it was reduction. Duh. It’s just a different source of heat. Thanks!
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    How To Improve?

    Thank you for the suggestions. I appreciate them!
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    How To Improve?

    I try to use soft clay, cause hard clay is impossible for me. A woman on Facebook showed me in a video and it helps, but only to a point. I cone way up, then push down, pushing sideways. I get in trouble when the clay joins the clay on bottom. I can't get the bottom to center many times. Another way was to cone up, then use my right hand to push down while holding with my left. Neither works most of the time.
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    How To Improve?

    I wish Ii ed near someone generous with their time like you are! I know most potters here and don’t know if anyone who would do this with me. Nancy
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    How To Improve?

    Thank you! I am going to make a schedule of throwing and throw things that are hard for me. Hopefully, if I can center them, I will learn. nancy
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    How To Improve?

    I will check them out. Your situation sounds great! Thanks!
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